Many people don’t consider broadband internet access (DSL, cable, fiber, and satellite) when they are looking at a new home or even when they’re looking to spend the summer (or winter, if you’re a mountain person) in a remote location to get out of a busy city and enjoy life at a slower pace.
Most Americans are unaware that a lot of homes in rural areas don’t have access to high-speed internet which can be a productivity nightmare if you’re only thinking about the real estate opportunity and forgetting about running your business.
Luckily, there are some alternatives to broadband / high-spped internet if you live in an area that doesn’t offer it.
If you can get a cell phone connection at your new house, contact your cellular company to see if they offer a mobile internet hotspot. A mobile internet hotspot will connect your home to the internet via your cell phone’s mobile network through a wireless modem.
The major telecommunications companies (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) offer mobile internet hotspots. However, the data is not unlimited, and it can get costly depending on how much data you use. For people who use Verizon, check out their mobile hotspots selection to see what’s available.
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If you don’t want to pay for a mobile hotspot, you can see if your cell provider allows tethering. Tethering is connecting devices, like laptops and tablets, to your cell phone. Tethering allows your phone to share its internet data with the devices in your home and can be a good option if you have a lot of data. Otherwise, you can end up paying extra for going over your data limit. Tethering doesn’t provide the fastest Internet speed or the most reliable connection, but it can get you online when you need it most.
Finally, you might be able to get high-speed wireless internet in a rural area that doesn’t have access to broadband. Wireless internet works by using an antenna on your home to pick up the signal from a local wireless internet company. You will often find wireless internet ads on billboards and in local newspapers. You can also do a quick online search to see what is available in your area.
In short, connecting to high-speed internet in your new home or while staying for an extended time in a remote location isn’t always as easy as you think, especially if you live in a rural area where less people are relying on the internet to work or run an online business.
However, just because you don’t have broadband internet access, it doesn’t mean you can’t get online. Check to see if your cell phone company offers a mobile internet hotspot. You can also see if they allow you to tether computer devices to your phone to connect to the internet by sharing your phone’s data.
If a mobile internet hotspot or tethering devices to your phone won’t work for you, see if you can get wireless internet at your home. Lastly, don’t forget to ask your neighbors who they use to as an internet provider once you get acquainted with them and situated in the neighborhood.